Traffic Handbook


This book is for the people who wish to obtain their Learner’s permit and experienced drivers ( and tourists who want to hire a car ) with an interest in refreshing their knowledge of Norfolk Island Road Laws and defensive driving skills.

Almost everything in this book applies to both drivers of cars and riders of motorcycles.

Every tourist should familiarised themselves with Norfolk Islands peculiar traffic laws.

Ask yourself these Speed Limit Questions  

  1. Airport … ?
  2. School Zone … ?
  3. Kingston Foreshore .. ?
  4. National Park … ?
  5. Burnt Pine .. ?
  6. General Speed Limit .. ?

Do I really need a hire car on Norfolk Island?

When visiting our beautiful island, hiring a car is essential! Although Norfolk Island is a small island, there is no public transport, and the island is very hilly. Hiring a car will give you the freedom to explore and fully appreciate our beautiful island, its undulating rural topography, country roads and quaint byways, leading to the beach, rainforest parks, picnic reserves and staggering cliff top panoramas.

The ‘Norfolk Wave’

The ‘Norfolk Wave’ in all its various forms is seen every time you pass another vehicle; yes we acknowledge each other with the raising of a finger, a thumbs up, or the full blown hand wave. Bus drivers, public service vehicles and even the police will give you the friendly Norfolk Wave; please join with us in this island tradition and enjoy the camaraderie of feeling connected.

Sharing the Road with Cows

Moo-ve over because on Norfolk Island, you share the roads with local cows, and they have right of way. Whilst you may at first find it odd and a little intimidating you will quickly adjust to driving with cows wandering freely on our roads. Please be aware that we allow them right of way and in return they keep the roadside cropped and tidy. The speed limit on Norfolk varies but must not exceed 50kph anywhere. Be especially attentive around the school zone limited to 30kph and through the township at 40kph. Seat belts are compulsory, and the drink drive tolerance restricted to 0.05 with blood tests often required where an accident or traffic incident occurs.

Please be aware – the AFP are very active in hand-held radar speed traps ( note the school zones times ) and random RBT’s